Belhaven College

Belhaven College


Belhaven College is a Christian liberal arts institution located on a 42-acre site in the Mississippi capital of Jackson. Originally founded in 1883, Belhaven is the culmination of three separate institutions which merged over the years but always maintained a strong relationship with the Presbyterian Church. The school has a rich heritage of prominence in higher education and offers eight bachelor's degrees and four master's degrees in traditional majors and in programs of general studies. Belhaven maintains satellite campuses in Houston, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida and the school also offers online programs.

Points of Distinction

  • A Christian environment
  • Accelerated classes that meet just once per week
  • Listed in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of "America's Best Colleges".

Areas of Study

Belhaven College offers eight Bachelor's Degrees, including Bachelor of Arts in 14 disciplines and Bachelor of Science in 13 disciplines. Also offered are four Masters Degrees (Business Administration, Arts in Teaching, Science in Management, and Education) and Associate Degrees. There are also additional programs including pre-professional programs in the ministry, engineering, law, medicine, dentistry, nursing, and medical technology.


Admission to Belhaven College is selective and requires a completed application with a $25 application fee, an essay, ACT or SAT scores, an official high school transcript, and an academic reference.


The faculty at Belhaven is comprised of highly qualified and experienced instructors committed to serious academic inquiry, teaching and research from a Christian perspective. Over 80% hold Ph.D.'s or terminal degrees in their fields and student/faculty ratio is about 12 to 1.

Student Body

Belhaven welcomes students of all denominations and backgrounds. Approximately 2,500 students are currently enrolled, with about 60% from out-of-state.

Student Life

Belhaven College encourages a living/learning environment and has five residence halls: three for women and two for men. Full-time freshmen are required to live on campus, except for those who are married, over the age of 21, or those who live off-campus with their parents. Over 50% of traditional students (i.e., not including adult students who commute) live on campus.

A four-year, coeducational Christian liberal arts college welcoming students of all denominations and backgrounds. Located in Jackson, Mississippi. Bachelor's, Master's and Associate Degree programs in the Southeast.

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Contacting Belhaven

Belhaven College
1500 Peachtree St
Jackson , MS 39202
General Phone: (601) 968-5940

Belhaven Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management301business management, accounting
Liberal Arts111English, creative writing, general studies, humanities, international studies, social services, political science, history
Education and Teaching63education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy32sports and fitness management, exercise science, recreation and leisure studies
Drama and Performing Arts22dance, drama
Therapy and Counseling16psychology
Media11communication studies
Medical Administration10health care administration
Science9biology, chemistry
Religion and Philosophy8philosophy, bible studies
Art Studies7art studies, arts management
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science, computer science
Family and Social Work0work and family studies, public administration

Number of programs and degrees for Belhaven in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree41228
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years05
Master's degree1545
Associate's degree311
Award of less than 1 academic year21

Belhaven Student Body

In 2007-2008, Belhaven had a total enrollment of 2,485 students (2,245 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 31%
Black 39%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 0%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 25%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 12%
20-21 13%
22-24 12%
25-29 16%
30-34 14%
35-39 11%
40-49 14%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown3%
South Carolina1%
North Carolina1%
(International Students)1%

Belhaven Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 100 %

Belhaven Room and Board (2007)

Belhaven offers campus housing for 562 of its 2,245 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Jackson, Mississippi for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Mississippi Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Belhaven Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510660
SAT Math480600
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT33%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT81%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrequired

Belhaven Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,360
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,360
Room and board $ 6,120
Books and supplies $ 1,400
Other expenses $ 5,010

Financial Aid:
Belhaven participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 239700)

Belhaven Faculty

Belhaven has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year12$57,4082*
Associate professoracademic year10$52,35610$46,946
Assistant professoracademic year18$46,31710$44,087
Instructoracademic year2*4$25,411
All faculty totalacademic year42$50,19426$43,175

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Belhaven Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-South Conference
Basketball Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Baseball Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Track Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports102232

Belhaven Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Work and Family Studies

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Belhaven Apart:

% of degrees in business and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Belhaven % of degrees in business and management
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Belhaven % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Belhaven % of degrees in drama and performing arts
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Belhaven % students 40 years or older
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Belhaven Female % of student body
Minority % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Belhaven Minority % of student body

checked Presbyterian Church (USA) affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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